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Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

Barry Richardson
Barry Richardson's last first-team appearance before facing Plymouth came in 2005

Wycombe's 46-year-old goalkeeping coach Barry Richardson made his first appearance in more than a decade to help his side earn a surprise victory over promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle.

Richardson came on in the 15th minute to replace the injured Alex Lynch with his side already 1-0 up, but was barely tested in his first game since 2005.

Gozie Ugwu hit the third-minute winner, smashing the ball in from close range.

Argyle almost levelled, but Curtis Nelson's shot was cleared off the line.

Michael Harriman ensured Richardson, who had not played a league game since 2002, kept a clean sheet with his second-half intervention.

But aside from that Wanderers were comfortable, and only two fine reaction saves from Luke McCormick stopped Matt Bloomfield adding to the lead.

Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth told BBC Three Counties Radio:

"After losing Alex Lynch in the first twenty minutes, the boys had to really battle hard to try and keep Barry Richardson away off the ball as much as possible. We dug in and ran the clock down really well.

"The game is all about opportunity, and what an opportunity Barry Richardson has had this afternoon. He is now the oldest player to play for Wycombe, and not only did he keep a clean sheet but I think he is the first to do so at Plymouth this season. I won't be looking to start him next week though!

"From our last few league games, I feel we have only really deserved something out of one match because we have been poor, but today was different and we are really pleased to come away with the points."

Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Mellor
  • 5Nelson
  • 6Hartley
  • 3Sawyer
  • 26ThrelkeldBooked at 44minsSubstituted forNardielloat 81'minutes
  • 4McHughBooked at 45mins
  • 14JervisSubstituted forCareyat 45'minutes
  • 27TannerSubstituted forBruntat 66'minutes
  • 11Wylde
  • 9Reid

Substitutes

  • 7Nardiello
  • 10Carey
  • 16Purrington
  • 17Brunt
  • 21Bittner
  • 24Rooney
  • 28Forster

Wycombe

  • 21LynchSubstituted forRichardsonat 15'minutes
  • 2Jombati
  • 22McCarthy
  • 6Pierre
  • 3Jacobson
  • 19Harriman
  • 8Bean
  • 10Bloomfield
  • 24Cowan-HallBooked at 34mins
  • 9HayesBooked at 45minsSubstituted forO'Nienat 72'minutes
  • 23UgwuSubstituted forThompsonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4McGinn
  • 5Stewart
  • 7Thompson
  • 13Richardson
  • 16Holloway
  • 17Kretzschmar
  • 20O'Nien
Referee:
Phil Gibbs
Attendance:
8,458

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamWycombe
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Wycombe Wanderers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Wycombe Wanderers 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke O'Nien (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  4. Post update

    Peter Hartley (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Garry Thompson (Wycombe Wanderers).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle).

  7. Post update

    Jason McCarthy (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jason McCarthy (Wycombe Wanderers).

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Aaron Pierre (Wycombe Wanderers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joe Jacobson (Wycombe Wanderers) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Carl McHugh (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Daniel Nardiello replaces Oscar Threlkeld.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Wycombe Wanderers. Garry Thompson replaces Gozie Ugwu.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gregg Wylde (Plymouth Argyle).

  17. Post update

    Barry Richardson (Wycombe Wanderers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is saved in the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Ryan Brunt (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Jason McCarthy (Wycombe Wanderers).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Northampton27184549311858
2Plymouth29175743261756
3Oxford Utd27149442231951
4Bristol Rovers291451039291047
5Accrington25136643291445
6Portsmouth261111444232144
7Mansfield2912893931844
8Wycombe2712783327643
9Leyton Orient29111084541443
10Wimbledon2811984235742
11Cambridge29118104341241
12Exeter28117103940-140
13Carlisle2510964340339
14Notts County27106114046-636
15Morecambe28105134850-235
16Luton2897124040034
17Crawley29104153448-1434
18Barnet2896133644-833
19Stevenage29610133852-1428
20Newport2869133243-1127
21Hartlepool2573152341-1824
22Yeovil2858152943-1423
23Dag & Red2748152949-2020
24York2748152950-2120
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